Entrepreneur Innovation Awards presenter Sheryl O’Connor, Co-Founder WealthConductor (center) with CTNext Program Associate Rachel Ferreira and CTNext Program Manager Jessica Dodge (left to right).

CTNext awarded grants to five early-stage Connecticut companies at the most recent Entrepreneur Innovation Awards, held April 25, in Haddam, CT.

Following presentations from 10 finalists, the judges awarded $10,000 grand prizes to the following companies:

  • Obsidian Advanced Manufacturing, New Haven — Developing an industrial metallic 3D printer
  • SkySqueegee, Stamford — Vertical-plane robots designed to wash windows for commercial buildings/skyscrapers
  • TargetArm, Ridgefield — Developing Talon, a universal launch and recovery platform for unmanned aerial vehicles
  • WAVE Drowning Detection Systems, Westport — Detection systems to help prevent swimmers from drowning
  • WealthConductor, Hartford – Financial technology, software and strategies to help brokers and clients with retirement planning

Additionally, the $2,000 Crowd Favorite award was given to WAVE Drowning Detection Systems, while TargetArm of Ridgefield took home the $2,000 Judges’ Favorite prize.

The five companies, all Connecticut-based, were among 10 startups that presented their project ideas to a panel of judges for an opportunity to secure $10,000 awards to help support business growth.

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